ACEEE in AZ: Solar Is Good, But Efficiency Is Great

Efficiency and renewables are alike — but they aren’t the same thing

AZ Central, January 4, 2014

Solar-industry leaders began making an odd argument this fall amid the debate over net metering, the credit paid to rooftop solar customers for their excess power that gets sent to the grid.

Court Rich, the attorney for the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Jason Rose, the publicity man for major rooftop installers including SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc., began to argue that rooftop solar panels are just like shade trees, compact-fluorescent lightbulbs and other energy-efficient appliances that reduce the amount of electricity people use.

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